The story is very much in two distinct parts, separated by three years. Set initially in the 1920s, Loving Blood of the Volcano begins with a depiction of the hard, but honest, life of a peasant family, irrigating and planting out their rice crops, and praying at a small shrine to for bounty and to ward of disaster. The family’s happiness is shattered when their beautiful daughter is carried off by force to be the concubine of a local tyrant, Cao. Her older brother, Song, and father are arrested and set free only after she agrees to marriage with despot.
The second half follows the older son, Song, now a seaman in an Indonesian port, where he meets the vivacious dancer, ‘Willow Flower’, played by Li Lili. An opportunity for revenge for his family’s distress is soon presented to him. —IMDb
Sun Yu was born on March 21, 1900 in Chongqing (Chungking), Sichuan province, to an intellectual family which valued education highly. Sun’s father, who had been a successful scholar at the provincial level during the Qing (Manchu) dynasty, was a historical researcher who traveled around China, and as a boy Sun Yu often went along, which added considerably to the future filmmaker’s experience and knowledge. The family later moved to Shanghai, where Sun Yu saw his first movie in a theater.
After graduating from middle school, Sun Yu passed the entrance exams for admission to Qinghua University, where movies and poetry became his twin passions. In his third year, he entered a film reviewing competition and won the grand prize. Among the judges in the competition were future Chinese film directors Zhu Shilin and Fei Mu, while the chair of the panel was Luo Mingyou, who as the head of the Lianhua (United Photoplay Service) Film Company would one day rewrite the history of Chinese… read more